This teaching is from the story and study of Abraham, the man that the Bible calls “the father of faith.” We are going to consider the defining moments of Abraham’s faith in God. We will answer the questions surrounding his faithfulness to God in those defining moments, and how he learned to righteously fear and trust God – culminating in his final test in what historic Hebraic tradition calls the “The Aqedah or, The Binding.”
We are going to find both the historical and Biblical context, as well as present-day applications from the timeline of Abraham’s life and sojourning as it is chronicled by the Book of Genesis, chapters twelve through twenty-two. In the historical and Biblical context of these passages, we will pursue further understanding and revelation as to why Abraham made right and righteous choices in certain faith-defining moments. And yet, while in other equally defining circumstances, he would make some of his most questionable and troubling decisions.
Our pursuit of contextualizing the life and journey of an ancient Biblical character for present-day use will be strategic in that the faith-defining moments of Abraham’s life will provide us a timeless and proven template for helping us to develop and build our own faith. We will learn how to make faithful and unquestionable decisions in defining moments of faith, while also giving us a deep-dive understanding of what it means for us today in real-time to maintain and display a righteous fear and trust in the Almighty God in the most critically defining moments of our lives.